Sen. Yaw Announces $1.2 Million in Community Conservation Partnership Grants

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) announced today that Bradford, Lycoming, Susquehanna and Union counties received recreation and conservation grants totaling nearly $1.2 million from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

“This funding will prove vital to enhancing our recreational opportunities and conservation goals here in the 23rd Senate District,” Sen. Yaw said. “Our natural landscapes attract visitors from far and wide and this investment into our communities will pay off in spades for years to come.”

Eleven projects across the region will expand parks and open spaces, improve trails, address environmental concerns and conserve watersheds.  The projects include:

Bradford County

  1. Canton Borough: $70,000 to construct pedestrian walkways and a comfort station; ADA access, landscaping, project signs and other related site improvements at the War Memorial Park.

Lycoming County

  1. Lewis Township: $70,000 to further develop Trout Run Park. Construction will include a pedestrian walkway, pavilion, parking area and stormwater management measures; installation of utilities; ADA access, landscaping, project signs and other related site improvements.
  2. Lycoming Biology Field Station: $59,200 to construct approximately 16 acres of riparian forest buffers along Loyalsock Creek in the Susquehanna River Watershed.
  3. Montoursville Borough, $69,600 to rehabilitation and develop Indian Park. Work to include installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
  4. Old Lycoming Township: $107,100 to develop the Lycoming Creek, including rehabilitation of approximately 2.12 miles of trail from Route 15 to Lycoming Creek Road; ADA access, landscaping, project sign, and other related site improvements.
  5. Williamsport City: $70,000 to prepare a Comprehensive Recreation, Park, Open Space and Green Infrastructure Plan for Williamsport City.
  6. Chesapeake Conservancy Inc.: $79,900 to prepare watershed conservation plans for Herod Run in Huntingdon County; Mahantango Creek in Synder County; and Pine Run in Lycoming County.

Susquehanna County

  1. Little Meadows Borough: $70,000 to rehabilitate Little Meadows Borough Park. Work to include renovation of basketball court; construction of pedestrian walkways; installation of fitness stations and play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

Union County

  1. Lewisburg Borough: $300,000 to rehab and develop of Kidsburg Park. Work to include restoration of 200 feet of Limestone Run; construction of pedestrian walkway from Hufnagle Park to St. George Street; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
  2. Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy: $270,000 toward the acquisition of approximately 140 acres in Buffalo Township an addition to the Bald Eagle State Forest.
  3. Mifflinburg Borough: $19,800 to study feasibility of rehabilitating the Mifflinburg Borough Community Pool.

DCNR distributed $90 million to more than 330 projects statewide that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources and revitalize communities.  The DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation administers the grants annually and assists local governments and organizations to fund projects related to parks, recreation and conservation.

For more state-related news and information, visit Senator Yaw’s website at www.SenatorGeneYaw.com or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.

 

CONTACT: Nick Troutman, 717-787-3280